First Patrol in US 6th Fleet Wraps Up for USS Porter

USS Porter (DDG 78), US Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, completed its first forward deployed patrol in U.S. 6th Fleet and returned to Naval Station Rota on November 4.

The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota June 29, 2015.

While on patrol, Porter conducted several port visits and engagements with NATO allies and regional partners, and spent a total of 32 days operating in the Black Sea.

Porter entered the Black Sea for the first time during its patrol from July 5 to 17, 2015 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve to work with allies and regional partners.

During her deployment, the ship also sailed the Mediterranean Sea and conducted port visits along the way. They took part in a PASSEX, held October 13 and 14, 2015 with naval ships from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

Porter exited the Black Sea Oct. 26, 2015.

In her final port visit, the ship pulled into Split, Croatia.

The Porter’s visit, board, search and seizure team hosted a Maritime Interdiction Operation Seminar onboard the ship for 15 Croatian navy and coast guard members, demonstrating tactics and techniques.

Image: US Navy

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